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Stanford Student Title IX Process and Stanford Title IX Administrative Process

Stanford Student Title IX Process and Stanford Title IX Administrative Process

The Stanford Student Title IX Process (effective February 2016) (for matters involving a student as a respondent) and Stanford Title IX Administrative Process (for matters not covered by Student Title IX Process) address Stanford University’s responsibilities under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex (gender) in educational programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. Similarly, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, Section 304 requires that universities have procedures in place to respond to matters of sexual assault, relationship (dating) violence and stalking. This policy covers student-related concerns of sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, relationship (dating or domestic) violence and stalking (collectively "Prohibited Conduct") involving students, regardless of whether the alleged Prohibited Conduct occurred on or off of campus and regardless of the sex of the parties involved. 

Attorneys for Student Title IX Process

The Student Title IX Process entails students going through the Process to nine hours of attorney service paid for by the university. A list of the university-identified attorneys willing to advise the Complainant and Responding Students can be found here

The Advisory Committee on Sexual Assault Policies and Practices

The Advisory Committee on Sexual Assault Policies and Practices was created to monitor and make recommendations on Stanford’s education, support and adjudication programs in this area. This advisory committee of faculty and students is inviting input from the campus community on Stanford’s policies and practices around issues of sexual violence.

Student Title IX Advisory Committee Members:

  • Stephanie Tzouanas Schmidt, PhD candidate in Bioengineering 

  • Pamela Karlan, Co-Chair of Committee, professor of Law

  • Juliet Brodie, Co-Chair of Committee, professor of Law

  • Elizabeth Magill, former dean of Stanford Law School and Co-Chair of the 2014-15 Provost’s Task Force

  • Merrell Grace Guzman, ’20

  • Laura Roberts, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences

  • Robert Weisberg, professor of law


Update: May 14, 2019

The Provost asked the Advisory Committee to survey the attorneys on the Stanford list to seek their feedback on the pilot process. In addition to seeking their general observations based on their experiences, the Committee sought their views on the requirement of a unanimous vote for a finding of responsibility and on the availability of "Non-Hearing Resolutions." The survey is complete and the Committee is sending a summary of responses to the Provost. Any member of the Stanford community who has views on the Title IX Process, including but not limited to those topics, is of course welcome to send those views to the Committee via this portal.

In addition, the Provost asked the Advisory Committee to undertake an anonymized survey of community members who have participated in the Title IX process. Working with the Title IX office to ensure confidentiality and anonymity, the Committee arranged to have a link to a Qualtrics survey sent to those people. For obvious reasons, the responses to the survey will not be published, but any trends or issues will be forwarded to the Provost. Any member of the community who has participated in the Title IX process is of course welcome to send any observations, including those written as responses to the survey, to the Committee via this portal.

Provide Feedback:  Provide Input to the Advisory Committee on Sexual Assault Policies and Practices

Related Stanford Policies 

Fundamental Standard

1.7.3 Prohibited Sexual Conduct: Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Assault, Stalking, Relationship Violence, Violation of University or Court Directives, Student-on-Student Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

Stanford Sexual Harassment Policy

Stanford Consensual Sexual or Romantic Relationships in the Workplace & Educational Setting Policy